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Joe Russo Says Sony Pictures Is Making a ‘Tragic Mistake’ by Splitting Up With Marvel Over Spider-Man

September 15, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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The Toronto Sun recently spoke to Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo, who were promoting their new project Mosul. During the chat, they talked about Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios failing to make another deal together to continue using Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russos directed Captain America: Civil War, which featured the debut of the new MCU version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2016. Below are some highlights

Anthony Russo on how he’s not surprised the marriage fell apart with Sony and Marvel: “It was so difficult to get him into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

Joe Russo on why Sony Pictures is making a “tragic mistake” with this move: “It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”